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Music: The Appleseed Collective

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Since forming about five years ago, the dynamic Americana string band The Appleseed Collective has become one of the more critically acclaimed Roots bands in the land.   

Music: Torche

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
During the 10 years since forming, Florida foursome Torche has become one of the best acts to come out of the so-called “Stoner Rock” scene, due in large part to the members’ willingness to go beyond the genre’s expectations and clichés.   

Music: The Guitars

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Local Rock/R&B/Pop crew The Guitars remedied that situation when they began hosting a free Christmas show. Thursday marks The Guitars’ fifth annual Christmas performance at MOTR Pub. 

The Year in Local Recordings

A look back at some excellent 2014 releases by Greater Cincinnati musical acts

0 Comments · Monday, December 22, 2014
2014 was another excellent year for releases by artists from the Greater Cincinnati area.

Before 2015, Animal Circles Go to 'Summer Camp'

Plus, Zak Morgan and The Guitars offer musical celebrations for Christmas

0 Comments · Monday, December 22, 2014
Indie Rock trio Animal Circles closes out 2014 with its excellent new Summer Camp release. Plus, Zak Morgan and Ric Hordinski collaborate on a Christmas album and The Guitars perform their fifth annual Christmas night show.

Cincinnati Entertainment Award Nominees for 2015 Announced

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The nominations for the 2015 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, honoring Greater Cincinnati's incredible local music scene, are ready and voting starts Friday.

Music: Lily & Madeleine

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Popular Cincinnati band Over the Rhine has traditionally brought in some incredible artists to open its annual hometown Christmas concerts (including Pedro the Lion, Joe Henry and Mary Gauthier, to name but a few) and this year in no different.  

MusicNOW Announces 2015 Lineup

Annual new music fest founded by The National’s Bryce Dessner announces details for March concerts

{CommentsCant} · Monday, December 15, 2014
The annual MusicNOW festival, founded by Cincinnati native and guitarist for Indie Rock superstars The National, returns to various venues in Over-the-Rhine this March for a celebration of the festival’s 10 successful years. The event will utilize Music Hall and Memorial Hall (past MusicNOW venues), as well as the new Woodward Theater (the Contemporary Arts Center will also host a related music/...  

Buggs Tha Rocka Releases Masterful Album for Free

Cincinnati Hip Hop artist unleashes Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet online today

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
One of Cincinnati finest Hip Hop artists, Buggs Tha Rocka, is making his new album, Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet, available for free starting today on various outlets across the internet (it’s already generated fairly widespread buzz, including write-ups from the U.K. and France). Buggs recently spoke with C...  

Ten Things I Learned Supermarketing in 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
In the new year, I may try to get back to sampling some of the old “ew”-stirring staples (like gefilte fish, pickled pigs’ feet and spotted dick) that inspired me to start the column initially.